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Robert Wakeham

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  • Comment on: Young architects launch petition calling for all building sites to be shut down

    Robert Wakeham's comment 27 March, 2020 10:12 am

    As always, calls for blanket enforcement action in one particular direction deserve careful consideration;
    Some construction sites - not involving architecture in the usual sense - might present greater risks overall if they're 'frozen' than if they're continued to completion.
    My obvious example is the new seawall being constructed at Dawlish. to protect the only railway link to South Devon, Plymouth and Cornwall.
    If you look at the webcam it's clear that progress doesn't depend on people working shoulder to shoulder, and the real health risks are more likely in the site offices and mess rooms.
    If progress is halted the half finished precast panel wall is obviously vulnerable to damage from sea storms, and in this context calls for a blanket shut-down are ill-considered.

  • Comment on: Profession faces PI insurance ‘horror story’ over fire risk, architect warns

    Robert Wakeham's comment 24 March, 2020 11:14 pm

    For Atticus: The story of the vapour barrier is utterly astonishing, but cIearly the insurers' worries extend far beyond the competence of designers.
    For my money I'd nominate the clerks of works for resurrection to a position of real and independent authority on site - but there's clearly a problem in the mass house building sector if the client is also the contractor and only interested in piling them high and flogging them for a fortune, with quality management not much more than a figment of the purchasers' imagination.

  • Comment on: Projects paused as contractors shut sites amid lockdown confusion

    Robert Wakeham's comment 24 March, 2020 3:31 pm

    Now, let me see, who is it that's running the Department for Chaos and Confusion?

  • Comment on: How will the planning system cope with the coronavirus?

    Robert Wakeham's comment 24 March, 2020 3:21 pm

    The latter scenario has an uncomfortable parallel with the retail trade, where many local shops are in suspended animation while the 'tax-lite' Amazon behemoth is enormously busy, desperate for more 'fulfillers' and is in talks with the government to deliver coronavirus test kits to front line NHS workers (presumably at a price)
    No guesses as to who's going to come out on top at the end of the day.

  • Comment on: Harp & Harp completes Arts and Crafts-inspired house on Wimbledon terrace

    Robert Wakeham's comment 24 March, 2020 1:47 pm

    A speculative development? The brickwork aesthetic looks to be very, very, personal taste.
    And as for picking up on the local aesthetic, some of the neighbours presumably have parquet flooring?

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